Tanzania trip for Remit’s award-winning apprentices
IN 2013 a team of four award-winning apprentices were given the chance of a lifetime by training provider, Remit Group.
After winning national apprentice awards at the company’s 2012 Christmas conference, the four young men were shocked to discover their prize – a chance to go on a two-week trip to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and help local charity, Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK).
Joined by a select group of Remit staff, they set off for their trip in early April. The Stag team was there with them, first thing in the morning to wave the group off on their travels. Their departure photos were shared with the press, along with some of their personal stories.
“We wanted to offer the young people that have excelled and shown true potential, just how much we value them” Steve Yardley, Remit chief operating officer (former)
While the team was out in Tanzania, team leader Katy Pilling sent back regular blogs, often via text, and sometimes via email – whatever was possible in such a remote part of Africa. Stag made sure these blogs were written up and posted on a specially set-up blog site, sharing them with the company’s staff, local press and stakeholders.
We also sent the team with their own Flip video cameras, to enable them to return with some HD footage of the trip. We gave them full guidance on what to film, how to film it, and advice on the sort of interviews we’d be looking for.
When they returned we were able to use the footage, some photos, and a full de-brief interview with Katy, to put together a documentary on the whole experience – which really is worth a watch!
On their return the team were inspired to do so much more. In fact Katy, the team leader, returned with a mission – she was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in honour of the charity they went out there to help.
“What VEPK offers these children is a chance for an education, and to learn vocational skills that will give them greater opportunities.” Katy Pilling, Remit’s Training
Stag helped Katy and Remit to promote her next trip to Africa, which she made just six months later. We provided local media coverage and social media updates, as well as helping her draft letters requesting support to local companies and organisations.
Her trip enabled Katy to make more than £3,000 for the small charity out in Tanzania, smashing her personal target and making a huge difference to VEPK.